The press days for the 2019 LA Auto Show are now over and the public days are underway. So since we’re finally home and back to the daily grind, we thought we’d give you our top five cars from LA. To be honest, honing the list down to five was quite difficult, as there were so many interesting and exciting cars debuting in LA. But, we’ll give it a shot.
5. BMW M2 CS
As Audi fans, you might not love the new BMW M2 CS. However, it’s hard to deny its charms. The standard M2 Competition is already a fun car to drive, so the M2 CS should be even more exciting. Making its debut at the LA Auto Show, the new two-door Bimmer packs 444 hp and 406 lb-ft of torque, plus a completely revised suspension and incredibly aggressive looks, in a compact little body. Plus, it comes with a manual gearbox. So it should be a riot to drive.
4. Audi e-tron Sportback
It’s hard to not have the e-tron Sportback on the list. It’s Audi’s second all-electric car to hit the market and it looks great. It’s mostly the same as the standard e-tron SUV under the skin but there are some subtle changes to it. For instance, it uses a bit more of its battery capacity than the standard car and its more aerodynamic shape helps with range slightly. However, the real difference is in style and it delivers. Not only does it look better than the regular e-tron but it also doesn’t suffer from a lack of rear headroom. I sat in the back seat and was more than comfortable. So we’re excited about the new e-tron Sportback.
3. Land Rover Defender
While the all-new Land Rover Defender already made its worldwide debut, the LA Auto Show was the first time most American journalists were able to see it in the flesh. After sitting in it and poking around it, as well as learning of all of the great off-road accessories it will offer, we’re extremely excited about the new Defender. In fact, I’ll go as far as to say it will be the coolest SUV on the road when it debuts. Not only that, it will also be the first time the Defender will be sold in the US since the ’90s.
2. Ford Mustang Mach-E
The Mustang Mach-E isn’t really a Mustang, despite the name and some styling cues. Rather than a kick-ass sports car, the Mach-E is an all-electric crossover. That might not sound too exciting but it is. It boasts up to 300 miles of range, some impressive performance and an affordable price tag. Not only that but it comes from Ford, a brand many working class customers can and do afford, so it will have an excellent dealer network, great warranties and reliable customer service. This isn’t some low-volume EV for early adopters. This is going to be a mainstream EV for the Average Joe and that’s extremely exciting. In fact, the Mustang Mach-E is probably the most important car at the LA Auto Show.
1. Audi RS6 Avant
While the Mustang Mach-E is probably the most important car at the LA Auto Show, the coolest car is the Audi RS6 Avant, for sure. Firstly, it’s the first-ever RS6 Avant to be sold in the US, so that’s awesome. On top of that, it’s a twin-turbocharged V8-powered wagon that makes 591 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque. So it’s brutally fast. It also looks fan-bleeding-tastic. Those swollen fender flares and its aggressive front fascia make it the meanest looking wagon on sale and the absolute coolest car a the show. We can’t wait to drive it.